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Obama's Covert Plans for Climate Change

Jan 24, 2013
(Politico)

President Barack Obama got green hearts fluttering when he devoted more time to climate change than any other single issue during his inaugural address.

But don't expect a climate crusade. It's more like covert action.

There are no plans to enlist Al Gore or other rock stars of the environmental movement for a public campaign on the dangers of global warming. Don’t expect to see a new cap-and-trade bill.

He'll have rookies in key Cabinet posts — the EPA, Interior and possibly Energy. And Republicans — and even some Democrats — have made clear there’s no political will for sweeping national policy shifts.

Energy insiders say the White House will dribble out executive actions and federal rules over the next four years  — the same low-key, bureaucratic approach the administration has taken since 2009.